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This site includes a collection of nine historical mysteries which draw students into Canadian history, critical thinking and archival research through the enticement of solving historical cold crimes. Each of the mystery archives includes an average of 100,000 words in English (and in French), as well as up to several hundred...
This site includes a collection of nine historical mysteries which draw students into Canadian history, critical thinking and archival research through the enticement of solving historical cold crimes. Each of the mystery archives includes an average of 100,000 words in English (and in French), as well as up to several hundred images plus maps. Some of the mystery websites also include 3-D recreations, videos and oral history interviews. Site users can look at the collections of archival materials and analyze the evidence provided. Students are encouraged to come up with their own interpretations of primary documents. Educators have access to a Teachers' Guide and experts interpretations for each of the mysteries.
To view a video of the award winning author, go to Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History - the History Award Winner 2008 video
This is a very comprehensive site that can be used for specific topics in Canadian history. Students can use their inquiry and critical thinking skills with this site. Teacher guidance and instruction as to the use of the site would be critical for ease of navigation for some areas.
There seems to be two site designs inside one. The teacher notes section for the Gold Rush section has a dead link. It is a little confusing as to how it switches from one site design to another.
Time spent reviewing site:
5 years ago
This is a good place to send students to build an appreciation of the difficulties associated with understanding the past based on the limitations of history. The site reinforces the messages that all historical data is skewed by culture, and limited by incomplete or inaccurate recording. I send my students there as an exercise to postulate how current events myght be recorded and remembered in the future. They seem to better understand the importance of accuracy and detail in report writing.
The sheer volume of material makes the use of all the material virtually impossible for most class room activities, but it is a very good place to send students for group projects.